Nork magazine’s evolving ode to the north

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by Steve Watson in December 2020
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Agnese Zile is creative director and editor-in-chief of Nork, the magazine she started as “an ode to the north”, but which has evolved over the years to become a broader exploration of the world, though still with a distinctly dark perspective evocative of her adopted home in Tromsø. Moving to the far north of Norway, she says she wasn’t at all prepared for the realities of life above the Arctic Circle, and fell into publishing a magazine as a way of surviving the oncoming winter.

In this episode she talks about that initial moment of deciding to make a magazine, her reasons for changing it along the way, the challenges of independent publishing, and the strange lure that keeps pulling her back to publishing this labour of love. We delivered issue five of Nork to Stack subscribers in October, but if you weren’t on our mailing list that month you can still buy a copy of Nork in the Stack shop, while stock lasts.

This is our last episode for 2020 – as I record this it’s the week before Christmas and we’re going to be taking a bit of a break, but we’ll be back in the New Year, so if you don’t already, please do follow us wherever you get your podcasts and our new episodes will appear in your feed as soon as they’re ready.

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